Thomas Jørgensen

Thomas Jørgensen

  • Commented on Canned Monkeys Don't Ship Well, the Remix Version
    The effort required to stay in contact with any given stl starship is in fact very low. - If you have deep space propulsion good enough for interstellar, another thing you also have is a very large number of gravity...
  • Commented on Canned Monkeys Don't Ship Well, the Remix Version
    If you want to do stl interstellar travel, first, you build a Nicoll-Dyson Array. Not to vaporize planets (Tough it can), but to power the laser sails of a space ship of appropriate size. No tyranny of the rocket occasion...
  • Commented on Unsustainable Interstellar Civilization, Hotspot Colonies, and Dwarf Culture
    That just means the crews of the exploratory swarm include a lot of multi-disciplinarians who are also in it to be the first to paint the moth-analogues of xetersia four or write poems about the icefalls of Bella two. .......
  • Commented on Unsustainable Interstellar Civilization, Hotspot Colonies, and Dwarf Culture
    If anyone gave a shit about EROEI everything would be running on Fast Breeder reactors. FTL or no, I just refuse to believe in an interstellar civilization which cant do full recycle or has energy shortages, because it is a...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    Uhm - Collecting mushrooms is not a relevant food source in a modern society, it is a hobby, and no more dangerous than various other hobbies. If we are talking cultivated mushrooms - Which can be a sensible protein source,...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    Systems like these are no more vulnerable to weather than land based farming. Much less so in some very important ways - Temperature shifts do not really affect the viability of the system at all (both giant kelp and oysters...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    People are already doing mixed plantings of Giant seaweed and shell-fish. It works, and near as I can tell there is no real upper limit on how far you can scale it. I mean, for starters, the entire north sea...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    Eh, Cats and dogs are obligate carnivores, but we can feed them bugs. Bugs are a very effective way to turn, well, any plant matter into protein. Thus, trivially solvable problem, and even better - this is a solution market...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    .. "Against competent opposition". Against third world armies, it barely matters what you fly or what you use. - If the radars have all been blown up and the coms jammed to heck and gone, you could fly in and...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    The A10 is also not capable of CAS - It has an attack profile which basically spells out "Suicide" against any competent opposition. - Its not stealth, so if the enemy still has functional coms, it cant surprise anyone, and...
  • Commented on SF For Nothing, Stories For Free
    Far and away the best part of HPMOR was the ongoing discussion of it while it was happening - So many hilarious theories being analyzed in a lively debate - just reading it without being part of that collective lunacy...
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    It is also missing the point - what Italy needs is not debt forgiveness, as such - it is a generally looser monetary policy. The key flaw of the euro is that an overall inflation limit of 2 percent applied...
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    You do realize you are imagining a future in which California will have to be mostly depopulated because noone will let anyone build desalination anywhere? In a state which is basically one long narrow coast line? Sanity check yourself...
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    .... "nearly all of it"? Seriously, given a demonstrated need in the public interest, like, say, having a water supply, a permit to build anywhere that is not an actual nature preserve would be easy to get. Not to mention...
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    Okay, this is an error that comes up a whole lot. California is coastal. Not only coastal, but a high-mixture coast, and industrialized. This means it cannot have water crisis beyond a certain point, because the limit case is an...
  • Commented on Not dead but dreaming
    Greek Oracles are not precognition - they are the gods putting you on notice you are about to be fucked with. Seriously, the greek gods dont know the future, they just stick to their threats and promises like glue....
  • Commented on Test Case
    I mean, if his talking point had been "Most storied". Or even "historically important", he would have a point, but.. arms manufacture is an exercise in material, mechanical and industrial engineering, and the modern world is rather a heck lot...
  • Commented on Test Case
    And Ireland rather notably just recently got told to knock that off, and are complying. That is why their official gdp jumped so very much. As for dealing with extraterritorial corporate entities - The US was remarkably successful at stomping...
  • Commented on Test Case
    Tax and corporate shelters exist on the sufferance of the powers of the world. I dont mean the threat of overt force - while none of these places have defenses worth mentioning, I mean that their economy vanishes like a...
  • Commented on Solarpunk rising, or how to turn boring bureaucratic meetings into creative fodder
    It also appears to be finicky as heck, though I base that mostly on the fact that noone has put it to commercial use. It is possible that is entirely down to the people involved not wanting the necessary gear...
  • Commented on Solarpunk rising, or how to turn boring bureaucratic meetings into creative fodder
    .. They are actually extremely different in that regard. Gaseous diffusion was energy intensive - That is why it is not used anymore - France used to have four reactors that did nothing except power gaseous the plant that did...
  • Commented on Test Case
    Monorails make excellent sense if you want to elevate your rail system regardless. Once you are committed to putting the whole system in the air - usually to keep it clear of ground traffic - there is no reason not...
  • Commented on Solarpunk rising, or how to turn boring bureaucratic meetings into creative fodder
    Those are full life cycle studies. Go find ExternE and read it. There are two things that make uranium mining health effects not amount to anything, and the first, and simplest is scale. A nuclear reactor does just not need...
  • Commented on Solarpunk rising, or how to turn boring bureaucratic meetings into creative fodder
    If you are willing to do heavy and expensive roofing, then just build a green roof. Costs about the same, not a fire hazard, better for the micro-climate, and likely last longer too. Short of that the sensible choices are...
  • Commented on Solarpunk rising, or how to turn boring bureaucratic meetings into creative fodder
    .. okay to put it a bit less bluntly and with more detail - the research on productivity and temperature shows quite ridiculously large effects from proper climate control. Not just in extreme climates. 21 degrees is peak work-flow, and...
  • Commented on Solarpunk rising, or how to turn boring bureaucratic meetings into creative fodder
    Eh.. Climate control is, in fact, pretty darn important to human productivity. 21 degrees in the working environment, and nature can bite me is very effective for getting things done, and this is not a very energetically expensive thing to...
  • Commented on Solarpunk rising, or how to turn boring bureaucratic meetings into creative fodder
    Footnote: The entire reason a couple of specific mens clothing items - Shirts and jeans, specifically, has so much better a price/quality ratio than anything else you ever encounter in a clothing store is that these are sufficiently immune to...
  • Commented on Solarpunk rising, or how to turn boring bureaucratic meetings into creative fodder
    ... All of that, except the dry-clean only could be provided while drastically reducing the footprint of clothing manufacture. Okay, to explain: The clothing supply chain is currently extremely wasteful - clothes are mass produced to fixed patterns in the...
  • Commented on Solarpunk rising, or how to turn boring bureaucratic meetings into creative fodder
    .. Leds also make possible improved experience at similar cost. I decided to tackle my SAD by buying some bulbs clearly designed for the "indoor hydroponics enthusiast" crowd and just use them for illumination in my workspace, and what do...
  • Commented on Solarpunk rising, or how to turn boring bureaucratic meetings into creative fodder
    But the thing is.. we cant. None of us. The goal is an at least mostly closed cycle industrial system. This means oil needs to go, gas needs to go, and our ability to recycle waste into raw materials needs...
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